Classic Movie Junkie & It Had To Be You

Nora Charles:  Pretty girl.Thin_Man,_The
Nick Charles: Yes. She’s a very nice type.
Nora Charles:  You got types?
Nick Charles: Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.

From The Thin Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934

It Had To Be You Update

I was very excited this week to get a look at the final cover art for It Had to Be You, my new romantic mystery due out April 7, 2014 from Carina Press.  It’s gorgeous and perfectly reflects the “classic movie” feel that inspired me to write the book.  Stay tuned for the official  cover reveal and blurb to be posted soon! 

Classic Movie Junkie … Or “What’s that man doing in my drawers?”

On another note, the timing for my cover art turns out to harmonize perfectly for this Classic Movie Junkie.  I nearly did a somersault when I found one of my favorite pick-me-up films on tap for Sunday morning: The Thin Man.  I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum, but…

No. I lie. I won’t.

If there’s one movie that inspired me to write a romantic mystery, it was The Thin Man. Why? Clever dialogue and flawless romantic chemistry mixed with a murder mystery, shady suspects (complete with shifty eyes) and a scene-stealing terrier named Asta.

This film was so popular it inspired five sequels. The dialogue—even lying flat on a two-dimensional screen—is so quotable it shines. Serve up  those quips and double entendres with the impeccable timing and tongue-in-cheek delivery of William Powell and Myrna Loy and what you get is pure classic gold.

Love mystery? Adore romance? Comedy and snappy comebacks? Check out The Thin Man. It will not disappoint.

And now on to this week’s watch list.  (Oh…waiter? “Will you please serve the nuts?”) 🙂

Sunday, February 16

After The Thin Man 10:00 am  The Thin Man (1934)  Mystery/Detective. TCM. A tippling ex-private detective and his heiress wife investigate a murder while spending the holidays in New York.  William Powell, Myrna Loy.

Why?   Sparkling romantic chemistry, droll humor, and snappy dialogue are topped off by a true-to-form dinner party reveal-the-murderer scene that will tickle your funny bone. “The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish…”

Monday, February 17

Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell in Gypsy

12:45 am  Gypsy (1962) Musical/Biography. TCM . Based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. An overbearing stage mother pushes her two daughters to be Vaudeville stars. Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Ann Jillian.

Why?  I’m the first  to admit that I’m deficient in the area of recommending musicals, but I do love this one for the story and the time period as well as the music. Rosalind Russell is superb as the never-say-die Mama Rose and Natalie Wood tugs at the heartstrings as the less talented daughter who wanted only her mother’s love.

Friday, February 21

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

 3:30 pm  Cool Hand Luke (1967)  Drama TCM.  A strong-willed prisoner refuses to conform to a sadistic warden’s rules in a 1940s southern rural prison. Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin.

Why?  This story about a man who refuses to be beaten down will stick with you for a long time after the credits roll. Newman’s portrayal of the tragically flawed but heroic Luke Jackson is riveting—maybe the best of his career. George Kennedy is perfectly cast as his burly prison mate, Dragline.

Trivia Corner:  Some nifty facts about Asta.*

"Don't make a move or that dog will tear you to shreds."

“Don’t make a move or that dog will tear you to shreds.”

  • Like many early stars, Asta wasn’t born with his glamorous stage name. His real name was Skippy. It was after the first Thin Man movie that Skippy changed his name to Asta.
  • Asta starred in many other films in the 30s,  perhaps most notably as “Mr. Smith,” the object of a custody squabble between Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth.
  • In 1936, Asta was featured along with other dog stars in the book Dog Stars of Hollywood.
  • Asta appeared in only the first two of the Thin Man movies. The other films featured other canine actors.

* Check out these Asta facts and more at Wikipedia and I Love Asta – The Official Fan Site of Asta the Dog.

Have a great week!

Times listed are EST. Check here for your U.S. time zone Turner Classic Movie monthly schedule.


Quotes:  All of this week’s movie quotes are gems from The Thin Man, MGM, 1934.
Based on The Thin Man novel by Dashielle Hammett. Screenplay by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich.

Photo credits:

The Thin Man- By Employee(s) of MGM [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Trailer screenshot Licencing information : and (After the Thin Man trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 By Trailer screenshot (Gypsy trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Skippy – By Trailer screenshot Licencing information : and (After the Thin Man trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


2 thoughts on “Classic Movie Junkie & It Had To Be You

  1. I’m ashamed to say that I have never seen any of the movies you recommended this week. I’ll need to see if Netflix has any of them.

    And Asta is adorable!

    Can’t wait for the cover reveal of It Had To Be You!!!!! So exciting! 😀


    • Hi Ava! I love all three of this week’s picks but for very different reasons. The Thin Man is my fave – the lightest fare and pure fun – but with your affinity for music, you might appreciate Gypsy just as much. And as for Cool Hand Luke – an excellent film but not a happy one. Thanks for stopping by to visit!


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